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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sign Petition! Jill Stein raises $2.5 million for ballot recounts

Politicians across the country are calling for ballot recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in light of reports of potential voting machine manipulation.

And the seemingly overzealous prospect became tangible early Thursday as Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced that her campaign had raised the $2.5 million necessary to file for audits in the three Rust Belt states.

Stein’s camp launched the “#RECOUNT2016” fundraiser Wednesday, as Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead against Donald Trump surpassed 2 million. Less than 24 hours later, the Green Party nominee’s fundraiser had smashed the monetary glass ceiling.

“These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is,” Stein said in a statement announcing the initiative.

The Green Party nominee’s successful fund-raiser comes a week after a prominent group of election lawyers and computer scientists informed the Hillary Clinton campaign that they had found something fishy about voter turnouts in the three hotly contested swing states.

For instance, Clinton’s vote count in Wisconsin precincts that used electronic machines was down 7% as compared to counties that relied on paper ballots. The group has not presented any tangible evidence for voting machine fraud, but said the suspicious findings are enough for an independent review.

The report prompted a massive social media response, and over 180,000 people had signed an

“audit the vote” petition by early Thursday.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Comey: agency stands by decision to not pursue case against Clinton

Just over a week after FBI Director James Comey dropped a bombshell into the presidential race by revealing newly-found evidence in the Hillary Clinton email probe, he offered what amounted to a "never mind" Sunday, notifying Congress that the newly-discovered messages wouldn't change the bureau's conclusion that no prosecution of Clinton was warranted.

In a letter sent to House and Senate committee leaders, Comey said FBI agents had completed their review of all messages to or from Clinton on a laptop seized last month from the estranged husband of a Clinton aide and had found nothing momentous.

"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton," Comey wrote. "I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short-period of time."

The disclosure, just two days before Election Day, could undercut a boost Donald Trump appeared to enjoy in some polls taken after Comey's disclosure late last month about the newly-discovered set of email messages.

Clinton's campaign immediately claimed that Comey's latest missive put to rest any new concerns about the email issue.

"We're glad this matter is resolved," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri said.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Daily News doubles down on endorsement of Clinton for President — it’s that important

"On Oct. 20, the Daily News Editorial Board published the longest editorial in its 97-year history - a call for burying Trump in a landslide. We needed 7,500 words to document his unfitness for the presidency as an ignorant and divisive "liar, thief, bully, hypocrite, sexual victimizer and unhinged, self-adoring demagogue."

The Daily News again extends its wholehearted endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

We do so with faith that Clinton would be a transformative leader for the good, far beyond making history as the first female President.

And we do so with fact-based, fearful conviction that Donald Trump would lead a nation divided against itself, with catastrophic consequences at home and abroad.

Lost in a campaign distorted by Trump's ego-driven demagoguery is the indisputable truth that Clinton's instincts, skills and programs are an excellent match for the challenges of a uniquely frightening American moment.

We are a country at war. The 50 states are united in rage. The 320 million people of this land tear at one another in a battle to reclaim their destiny from a government that, put bluntly, screwed them on a bipartisan basis.

Almost an entire American generation has been born since the country last had a semblance of responsive, responsible governing. Instead, Democrats and Republicans alike have exhausted the nation in stalemates over symbols and dogma.  (Continues)